We’re Hiring! Deputy Organizing Director

Oct 30, 2023

UPDATE 1/3/24 – This position is now closed. Check our news posts and Get Involved page for future opportunities.

Title: Deputy Organizing Director
Supervised By: Organizing Director
Supervises: 1-2 organizers
Salary/Hourly, Exempt or nonexempt: Salary, Exempt
Full Time: Yes

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) is a
community organization resulting from the merger of Lakeview Action Coalition and Organization
of the Northeast. Together, ONE and LAC have a history of nearly 60 years of powerful and
effective community organizing. ONE Northside started on July 1, 2013. ONE Northside organizes
people from over 100 institutions, as well as individual community residents, from Rogers Park,
Edgewater, Uptown, Ravenswood, North Center, Lake View, and Lincoln Park.

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside is a mixed-income, multi-ethnic,
intergenerational organization that unites our diverse communities. We build collective power to
eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. We accomplish this through
developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.

ONE Northside is seeking a new member of our Organizing Department staff leadership team who
is passionate about people-powered change and winning transformative social justice campaigns.
This person must be compassionate, justice-driven, and hungry to build power. This person will
co-strategize with other directors and managers, supervise organizers and help develop the entire
team’s organizing skills and craft, support on the development of emerging campaigns, and build
out new internal structures to support base building and campaigning. This person will have the
opportunity to own and create the building out of ONE Northside’s organizing strategy. ONE
Northside has a cost-sharing agreement with ONE People’s Campaign (501 c4). This role will
include time advancing the work of ONE People’s Campaign as well.

Staff Management and Development:

  • Supervise 1-2 organizers
  • Provide support to all organizers through mentorship, observation of their work, providing
    feedback, and training
  • Develop and implement an onboarding program for new organizers
  • Develop and run an organizing internship program
    Organizing Department Systems Development:
  • Support Organizing Department campaign planning, development, and evaluation
  • Help institute systems for measuring progress toward and accountability for base building,
    issue campaign, and electoral goals
  • Help develop systems for organizer evaluation and accountability
  • Help senior organization leadership in fundraising

    Membership and Training:
  • Develop and run our training program in consultation with the Organizing Director,
    including trainings in organizing skills and methodology, civics, and other one-off trainings
    for leadership development
  • Develop a new member orientation program for individual and institutional members
  • Cultivate relationships with a set of institutional members and ensure organizers are
    regularly engaging those institutions
  • Organize quarterly membership meetings

    Programmatic work:
  • Coordinate with Organizing Director and Communications Manager on developing and
    advancing a narrative that weaves all ONE Northside’s work together
  • Work with Organizing Director and Executive Director to assess new campaign
    opportunities (such as immigrant issue organizing, or growing climate justice organizing),
    by consulting members, funders, and staff, engaging in the hiring process, and helping set
    up new programs for success
  • Support leadership bodies in setting goals and organizational priorities
  • Help develop a culture of joyous rebellion, support, accountability, and rigor in our power-
    building initiatives
  • Contribute to organization-wide fundraising activities
  • Support ONE People’s Campaign strategies and tactics
  • Other duties as assigned

    ● Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent prior experience
    ● At least 5 years of organizing experience
    ● Proven management and leadership experience
    ● Advanced understanding of and experience with a wide variety of community organizing
    strategies and tactics, as well as experience with coalitions
    ● High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude; demonstrates a high degree of initiative
    ● Can work both independently and with a team, is both detail-oriented and flexible;
    Effective and creative problem solver
    ● Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and

● Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thorough understanding of power mapping
relationships and systems
● Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate and manage relationships
● Substantial experience facilitating trainings with a diversity of people on many topics
● Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
● Strong computer skills and experience working with a CRM, database, VAN, and Google
● Proven ability to work with a diverse constituency, across lines of race, class, nationality,
sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion and other differences
● Commitment to racial equity and overcoming white supremacy; Recognition of the role of
race, income, age, immigration status, and other identities in shaping disparities among
communities; Recognition of how your own identities show up in the work; Willingness to
reflect on and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability,
and other lines of difference
● Commitment to consistently amplifying community voices to advocate for more equitable
● Must be a motivated self-starter who can juggle many moving pieces
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team
● Innovative, creative, mature thinking and reasoning
● Commitment to training and agitation methodology as a tool for growth and accountability
● Fluency in a second language is a plus
● Having a car is preferred

This is a community organizing job and will require attendance at night and weekend meetings.
ONE Northside is an equal opportunity employer.

● Salary is in the $63,648- $85,000 range, commensurate with experience
● Comprehensive benefits package includes employer paid medical and dental
insurance. Employer covers 25% of HMO health benefits for dependents’ health and
dental coverage. Employer contribution of 4.5% of salary into a retirement plan. 10
paid vacation and 3 personal days the first year, 12 wellness days and 18 paid

To Apply – Please send a resume and cover letter to Becky Wanberg at
bw******@on**********.org with the subject line Deputy Organizing Director.

Join us to build a diverse, united North Side of Chicago acting powerfully for our shared values of racial, social, and economic justice in communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.